Why did I buy it?
I am very unparticular when it comes to handwashes, but I do get through a lot of them as I have one by each sink in the house and always use them instead of soap. My children also use them so I tend to stock up with whatever ones are on offer.
This hand wash contains green tea, rice milk and jasmine, and is designed to leave hands feeling clean, soft and supple.
Price and availability
I bought this as part of a recent Tesco online shop for GBP1, and it is still on the Tesco website for the same price However it's currently GBP1.65 in Superdrug, so do shop around. There is also a shower gel available in this fragrance.
Using the product
There is nothing particularly remarkable about the packaging of this handwash - it comes in the usual plastic bottle with a pump action dispenser. Inside you can see the hand wash is a creamy colour. The first thing I noticed about this product was that is has a slightly sticky, almost gel-like texture to it, which I did find a little odd at first. However it does work up into a nice creamy lather, and I find a little of this handwash is enough to get hands squeaky clean!
This hand wash has a nice, inoffensive fragrance. It's a fresh, clean scent and I can detect the jasmine. However I do notice that the scent fades quite quickly.
After use, my hands do feel soft and very clean, but I do find I need to add a moisturiser soon after use as the skin on my hands does feel a little tight after using this hand wash.
This is a nice enough hand wash that cleans hands well and smells nice and fresh. It probably isn't my favourite or the most exciting hand wash I have every used but for just 1pound I think it's pretty good and I would consider buying it again.
In summary: A good handwash for a quid!
I do always have a couple of liquid hand wash products on the go at home, with one being available in the bathroom, and another being situated at the side of the kitchen sink. Because we go through quite a lot of assorted hand wash liquids at home, I tend to stock up on such products when I see promotional offers and discounts available.
I recently purchased a few assorted bottles of Liquid Hand Wash from the well-known Imperial Leather brand, as my local (independent) pharmacy was selling three bottles for around £2.50, which I felt was excellent value, particularly as I consider the Imperial Leather brand to be of a high quality and superior to many other rival brands.
This review will outline my experiences of trying out one of the Imperial Leather Hand Wash products, namely the "Japanese Spa" variety.
The bottle is a generous 300ml in size, and you can buy the product from good supermarkets such as Tesco, in addition to some chemist stores and drugstores such as Boots and Superdrug.
As @ January 2014, the current prices for the product are:
www.boots.com = £1
www.superdrug.com = £0.81 (special offer)
www.tesco.com - £0.81 (price valid until 6/1/14).
The packaging is fairly 'average' for a product like this one, comprising of a sturdy, rather 'chunky' bottle made of robust plastic. The plastic is completely clear, so I can see the cream/off-white liquid hand wash contained within quite clearly.
As with most other hand wash products, the bottle comes with a plastic 'pump' dispenser supplied, and I have found this is very easy to use, even though I suffer with mobility issues that will often affect the strength in my hands. Additionally, I have found that the pump dispenser used within this particular product has been quite helpful at 'dispensing' a good-sized amount of the liquid with each press on the pump; I hate waste, and have found that many other brands of liquid soap will often squirt out huge dollops of the product at each opportunity, which feels unnecessary and wasteful.
The Imperial Leather Japanese Spa Liquid Hand Wash has a lovely consistency; I have found that it feels soft and gentle on my hands, with its cream-like liquid feeling quietly 'nourishing' to my delicate skin. I like too that the product is not so thick that it feels like a chore to use, but neither is it thin enough to cause a huge mess during use by spilling or dripping excessively.
I like too how the Imperial Leather Hand Wash lathers quite easily; this allows a 'quick and easy' approach to be enjoyed, and I do like the 'fuss free' feel that the product invites... washing and cleansing my hands takes a mere moment, and this suits my own needs down to the ground.
The Japanese Spa fragrance is really quite lovely, and although I am not the biggest lover of 'floral-based' scents, the floral notes used in this particular product are quite understated, with it never feeling too 'heady' or overly-perfumed for my own tastes. I do find too that the refreshing floral scent takes on a little more 'body' to it as the product lathers on my hands, with this then settling on the skin in a more subdued fashion once my hands have been dried. Whilst I can detect a faint 'whiff' of the scent on my skin for a short time after cleansing, this never feels like it is 'interfering' or being intrusive; it sits quietly, before becoming so faded it is no longer noticeable. These traits make the scent of this particular hand wash ideal for me, as I am not a fan of strongly-scented fragrances lingering from the hands, feeling that they can often become rather sickly as time goes on.
I do feel that the Japanese Spa fragrance is considerably more feminine than many other liquid hand wash products that I purchase regularly, so do bear this in mind if you share your home with men. My husband hasn't grumbled or complained about the fragrance being too 'girly', but this may be down to his quiet indifference to such matters, rather than the product's 'unisex appeal', as such.
I have found that the Japanese Spa Hand Wash is extremely effective; grime, grease and dirt are removed from the skin with ease, without greasiness or residue lurking behind. I find too that the liquid - and its accompanying lather - are rinsed effortlessly, with skin being left completely spotless afterwards.
In terms of my sensitive skin, I am pleased to have suffered nothing in the way of aggravation or dryness, with my skin remaining largely 'untouched' from the product's use. This result is not always achievable from liquid hand wash products in my experience, as many of them seem to contain a rather harsh formulation that will easily cause my sensitive skin to react; this can vary from itchiness and dryness to more severe reactions such as red patches of sore skin. Thankfully, the Imperial Leather brand appears to contain high-quality ingredients that are entirely compatible with those skin types that are easily-agitated, and based on my own experiences in this regard, I have no hesitation in recommending the product as being suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin issues.
Taking everything into account, I only have positive points to note within this review, and so I do feel that top marks in the product rating score are justified, on this occasion. Personally, I feel I would purchase the product again in the future, as I have enjoyed its fragrant, light floral scent during use and feel the product is very economical to use.
I am not particularly loyal to any brand or type of hand wash and I tend to buy which ever one is on offer when I need it or which ever one happens to take my fancy. This time, it was the Japanese Spa Nourishing Hand Wash by Imperial Leather.
What does the product do?
The product promises to cleanse the hands leaving your hands fresh and clean. It claims to be a nourishing formula which contains Rice Milk which hydrates the hands and Jasmine to leave the skin feeling softer and smoother. It also contains Green Tea to cleanse the hands and it is 100% soap free. It is suitable for use on the whole family thanks to its mild formula and its skin friendly PH. It comes with a delicious fragrance which promises to leave your hands smelling as good as they feel.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a see through plastic bottle and you can see the pale yellow liquid inside. The bottle has a slightly curved edge and there is a picture of some flowers on the front which makes the bottle look pretty. The dispenser is white and you push down on it in order to release the hand wash. The product will cost you around £1 for 300ml and it can be bought from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
When you push down on the dispenser, plenty of the product comes out. You can control the exact amount that you get by controlling the pressure which you use. The product is a creamy yellow colour and it has the consistency of a runny gel. The product has a lovely aroma which is floral and sweet. It is quite a subtle fragrance but it is noticeable all the same and it makes this quite a feminine product to use.
It feels very creamy on the hands and it does feel quite moisturising of the skin. The product description promises you a rich lather but I just get a subtle lather. It's still enough to convince me that it's doing a good job of cleaning my hands however. It is gentle on my skin and it hasn't caused me to develop any irritations or discomfort.
The product does a good job of cleanses my hands and it is easily rinsed off. After use, the aroma lingers gently on my hands for a while but it can only be detected when you put your hands close to your face. It doesn't dry out my hands and it does leave them feeling a little hydrated, although it could be better.
All in all, this hand wash cleanses the hands well and it leaves a lovely sweet floral scent on the skin. It is gentle on my hands and doesn't leave them feeling dry after use. It does hydrate my hands but it could go a little further in this area. That being said, I still like this product and I would repurchase it again.
Having 3 sinks in my home, I always have a good supply of Handwash. Imperial leather is one of my favourites as it is nice and comforting.
I purchased a bottle of the Japanese Spa fragranced nourishing hand wash whilst it was on special offer at Tesco for just £1. For this £1 you get 300ml of Handwash. It is packaged in a clear bottle with the Imperial Leather gold and red logo at the top. The Handwash itself is cream in colour and looks quite runny in consistency. This Handwash contains green tea, rice milk and jasmine and is said to be triple moisturising. It is also dermatologically tested and mild enough for the whole family to use.
The dispense system is a pump top style. Whilst this is standard in most hand washes, the downside is that there is always about a centimetre of product left at the bottom which you just cannot get up the pump. So it's either unscrew the lid to tip the product out or throw it away, either way there is some waste.
The scent is very soothing but quite mild. The gentle jasmine fragrance lingers on your hands after washing though not so strongly that it overwhelms. Although the wash is quite runny it lathers up nicely with just one pump, and leaves my hands feeling soft and comforted. The only complaint I have is that it is not anti bacterial. As one pump of wash is all you need per Handwash this bottle should last a long time, at least a month of being used by the whole family I would say. My small children also use this, one of whom has very sensitive skin and is prone to eczema but this has had no adverse affect on any of the younger ones delicate skin.
I would recommend this product, however I am deducting a star for the small waste that is left over and the fact that it is not anti bacterial.
The Japanese Spa collection is part of the Imperial Leather range that is offered by Cussons. There is a shower cream, bubble bath, shower foam and hand wash available in the Japanese Spa scent.
The hand wash is fully titled as 'Japanese Spa Nourishing Hand Wash'. This hand wash is designed to leave your hands 'healthy, supple and soft'. Key ingredients include :
*Green tea - cleansing properties
*Jasmine - skin softening and for its uplifting aroma
*Rice milk - natural skin moisturiser
This hand wash has been dermatologically tested, skin friendly pH and suitable for the whole family to use. This hand wash is presented in a curvy plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. The bottle can be recycled once empty and the hand wash has an 18month shelf life from first use.
~Price and Availability~
This hand wash is available in a 300ml sized bottle and is currently priced at £1.00 in Asda and Tesco.
I am not fussy when it comes to hand washes. As long as they clean hands thoroughly and do not irritate my families sensitive skin. I don't pay a lot for hand washes as they are often on some kind of offer. I usually have a few bottles of Imperial Leather hand wash in my stock cupboard and my second favourite hand wash in this range is the Japanese Spa hand wash. The Softly Softly one is my ultimate favourite!
The bottle is of a simple design and wouldn't look out of place in any bathroom. The hand wash liquid itself is a creamy colour so very gender and decor neutral in my opinion. This particular hand wash is currently sitting in our bathroom and is used by all of the family including my four year old son. The pump dispenser releases a good sized blob of this thick hand wash. I find this hand wash to be of a lovely consistency as it is thick, creamy and forms a beautifully soft and luxurious lather.
The scent of this hand wash isn't overpowering and is likely to appeal to all. It is a mild, slightly fresh scent and I can detect a hint of the green tea aroma which is actually quite pleasant and it doesn't smell overly soapy or cheap. The scented lather rinses well and at first I find my hands feel a little weird like I have used a block of soap to wash them. Once dried though, my hands feel soft and smooth. This hand wash does deliver a decent amount of moisture for hands which aren't overly dry. My hands are often riddled with rough patches and I do still need to apply a good hand cream. This hand wash is gentle for sensitive hands and leaves my families hands feeling and looking cleansed and refreshed.
The scent lingers softly on my hands for a short while and isn't overpowering. Any food or other aromas are swiftly removed and my hands are left in a clean condition. A little goes a long way with this hand wash so a 300ml bottle lasts really well.
For £1.00 this hand wash is a great bargain. It performs well and is suitable for all of my family to use on a regular basis. The other products in this scent range are pleasant to use as well. I find this hand wash to be of a really good quality and worth every penny.
Thanks for reading :)
- Why I bought -
I like to keep a bottle of hand wash in both our bathrooms and also in the kitchen so we get through quite a lot. We have almost finished a bottle of Imperial Leather Japanese Spa Hand Wash which I bought a few months ago when it was on offer. I am not particularly fussy with hand wash and am happy to buy whatever brand is on offer.
- The Packaging -
The bottle is made from a slightly see through white plastic and has a pump top which works effectively to deliver a decent size squirt of the hand wash. The front shows the Imperial Leather brand as well as the name of this hand wash and there is a picture of a Japanese style flower to complement the Japanese Spa name. It states this particular flavour is limited edition and that it lightly moisturises. It lists the main scent as green tea, rice milk and jasmine. The overall look is simple and quite unexciting; although I'm sure I would have to pay more for nicer packaging.
- The soap -
The liquid soap has a pleasant creamy colour and is quite thick and creamy in consistency. It feels soft on my hands and lathers up nicely. It has a pretty fresh floral smell and I would say I can definitely smell the jasmine. It washes off nicely and leaves the lovely smell on my hands for a while afterwards which is nice. After using this hand wash regularly for a few months my hands aren't dry and I haven't experienced any irritations so this suggests it is kind to my skin and "lightly moisturising" tag on the bottle is correct.
- Price and Availability -
This hand wash is available in most supermarkets with the usual price of £1.62 for 300ml. I bought this when it was on offer at £1 which I think is a good price for this hand wash, I would be unlikely to pay more.
- Would I recommend? -
I would recommend this hand wash as it did everything you would expect a hand wash to do and had a nice smell. The packaging is a little unexciting but that's not a huge negative with a hand wash. I would buy it again if it was on offer at £1 or under.
I have used both Imperial Leather Japanese Spa as a shower cream and a handwash and would say that the scent and style of Japanese Spa does go very well as a handwash. I find the packaging more attractive and pretty than other handwashes which tend to be more no frills. There is Japanese writing on the front which they have added for authenticity and pink flowers as well, which could be used to represent Jasmine, an ingredient in this handwash, which is sometimes light purple in colour.
The text and images are pink and purple and it goes well with the light yellow, creamy coloured liquid which you can see in the see through plastic. There is also a silver label that states Imperial Leather has been Family kind for over 60 years.
The ingredients include green tea, known for gentle cleansing, rice milk as a natural skin moisturizer and jasmine for skin softening properties and uplifting fragrance. The fragrance is uplifting, soft and quite unique for a handwash. The bottle also says that Japanese Spa has triple moisturizing ingredients. On the whole, I found it did not dry out my hands in comparison to other soaps and handwashes.
The hand pump can be easily controlled to release the amount of liquid soap you need, which is not always the case with hand washes. The handwash is easy to lather up, and cleans your hands well. The bottle is made from plastic that is widely recycled, the handwash is dermatologically tested, and has a skin friendly PH. Imperial Leather Japanese Spa costs £1.62 from Tesco although is usually on offer in different supermarkets, and is currently on offer for £1.00 until 26th September.
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I purchased the Japanese hand wash because even though I tend to stay with my usual ones, I thought why not give others a go. Turns out I was very happy with this decision!
The product --> This comes in a plastic tub, with a white pump dispenser. On the front it has some traditional Japanese art work on it! It matches the shower cream one (which is something else I really like!). It is creamy coloured, and also quite a thick handwash.
This is a limited edition product, but has been around for a while already. I can imagine it has proved to be quite popular so is probably going to be kept around for a bit longer.
This one contains green tea, rice milk and jasmine. It is very nourishing, smells quite strong and keeps hands moisturised. I find that eating food after I have washed my hands with it can sometimes mean my hands taste like this too, which can be a little odd! But that is probably because I put a large amount to wash my hands with. However, I really do enjoy using this product.
The cost --> I brought this for £1 from ASDA and it tends to be kept at that price too. At the end of the day
being hygenic is vital these days, so this is a fantastic price to get it for.
Overall I love this handwash. It nourises, moisturises, smells great and best of all it cleans! The bottle is also attractive!
I usually have no issues choosing a hand wash for my household but I hate strong smelling ones and always like to change them about to try new things. I came across this Imperial Leather one on my shopping trip and being Japanese Spa it sounded unusual and when looking closer at the ingredients it sounded tempting to try. It also looks very nice and fits in with my bathroom colour scheme and just looked exactly like a product I would like.
This hand wash comes in nice packaging, it is a very compact and small bottle with a dispenser on top, all made from plastic and on the front is a small picture of the included ingredients. It is clear so the honey coloured soap is clearly shown through the plastic and the Imperial Leather logo is boldly displayed. All of their products are made using recyclable packaging which is also another bonus to the brand and the product did stand out to me when purchasing.
The hand wash looks very gentle, it almost looks like a milky honey colour so looks very natural and soothing. The scent is Japanese Spa but it says this has green tea, rice milk & jasmine and it is a moisturising wash. It has triple moisturising ingredients, skin friendly pH, dermatologically tested and is mild enough for the whole family. These hand washes do seem very unique with their scents but in a way that you want to try it.
On using the product you just push down the pump and a small sized amount comes out to wash your hands with. It smells very subtle and is quite sweet but refreshing all at once. The green tea is famed in the Orient for its gentle cleansing properties, the rice milk is renowned as a skin moisturiser and the jasmine is know for softening skin and having an uplifting fragrance. These all sound very relaxing and if the product gets into eyes, rinse well with water.
The hand wash is quite quick at foaming up and producing lather which is great at cleaning hands. It foams up nicely giving a really creamy but refreshing wash for hands and really ensuring they get a good wash and rinse. The wash rinses off very easily leaving a lot of bubbles and then it is just a case of quickly drying hands with a soft towel to see how good your hands feel.
I do suffer from sensitive skin but this seems alright on my hands and I do think it leaves them very soft. It always gives a very thorough wash and it leaves hands also smelling very clean and very moisturised. The hand wash also comes in a 300ml bottle which will last a good while if using daily, depending on how big your family is. I have had many guests use this in my house and comment on the fact that it smells very nice. Imperial Leather are a well known and trusted brand and I recommend this a lot.
Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Polyquarternium-7, Parfum, Camellia Sinensis, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Jasminum Officinale, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Propylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Benzotriazolyl Dodecyl p-Cresol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, CI 15985, CI 19140.
I usually pick up products like this at Home Bargains but Tesco and other supermarkets sell this hand wash too. I know Tesco have this priced at £1 at the moment with an offer of 5 extra Clubcard points until Tuesday. I think I bought mine at Home Bargains where it was slightly discounted so only cost about 89p from here which is a bit of a saving. Asda are also selling this for £1 or in the multi buy offer of 4 for £3 which will save you £1 if you are planning on stocking up.
There is an official website for Imperial Leather and it is http://www.imperialleather.co.uk/ where if you click 'products' you will come across this hand wash. v
I'll be the first to admit I'm a clean freak. I wash my hands numerous times during the day for no particular reason just to feel a little more cleaner. If I'm out of the house I'll always have some antibacterial hand gel, although in the house I think it's essential to have a good, high quality handwash that does the job.
When doing the weekly shop with my mother in Asda, I saw that this particular hand wash was on offer. This soap retails between £1 - £2 depending on whether it's on offer, and I think this is a great price for what it does!
I was firstly attracted to this hand wash as it looks nice. I know that sounds pretty shallow but when you're willing to display a handwash in your bathroom and you have guests over, I think it looks far more presentable to have a handwash such as this rather than a grotty bar of soap.
It is from the brand Imperial Leather which is quite a well known company which produces bodycare products for a great price. I feel that they aim to make their products 'luxurious' and this is why they use the ingredients they do and try to make them look posh.
This Japanese Spa handwash consists of green tea, rice milk and jasmine. The smell is really lovely as it's not too overpowering and makes your hands smell light and fresh. These ingredients do make the product a little more posh in comparison to just a cheap hand wash that retails at the same price.
The hand wash is easy to use and is dispensed efficiently through the pump at the top. Once this is pressed once, enough liquid comes out to wash your hands to a high standard.
This hand wash doesn't lather well or foam up, so if you're one of them people that enjoys the big foamy soaps this one isn't for you. However, it glides on to your hands smoothly and does actually include moisturising properties which make your hands feel much smoother and silkier after use.
The only problem is that after a little, my hands started to feel quite dry, and I don't really have dry hands anyway, so if you have dry skin I wouldn't recommend using this handwash.
The handwash is 100% soap free and is skin friendly therefore won't irritate skin or cause rashes and is completely suitable for children to use.
This hand wash is available in the obvious places, but I always pick mine up from supermarkets so check out Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco etc... if you want to get one as this is where they're usually on offer!
Overall, I'd say that this is my favourite handwash as it is really cheap but delivers good results and looks nice in your bathroom. Thanks for reading!
If there's not a bottle of hand soap in either of our bathrooms then my daughter has something to say on the matter every time she needs to wash her hands. For this reason, I have always got a fresh bottle waiting to replace an old one when they run out, and I always stock up on whatever is on offer.
Our latest offering is an Imperial Leather Japanese Spa liquid soap. I do like Imperial Leather products as they seem to have something extra special about them, yet still aren't out of an average price range.
The soap is in a see through pump action bottle with fairly attractive labelling on the front. Japanese Spa is described as having green tea, rice milk and jasmine included in the ingredients. To me it looks a lot like a pale shea butter colouring, and smells vaguely of shea butter as well.
The design of the bottle works well, however I always find that you can never get the last dregs from the bottle, and you end up wasting some and throwing away the bottle. I always try to use up the last of everything so this is a slight bug bear of mine with the packaging. I have tried to empty it from the bottle but the consistency of the soap is fairly thick so this doesn't always work.
The soap itself is fairly thick and due to this you don't need a lot of it when washing your hands. Half a pump is more than enough, so watch when you are dispensing this out of the bottle. I find it to be slightly stringy due to the thickness, which is fine until you get slime on the side of the bottle where the excess soap has dribbled down onto it and settled there. I don't like this feeling, so I am glad we don't repeat buy the same soaps all the time.
The soap as a product works well and lathers up in a nice soft cream. You don't have to work too hard to feel that you are washing your hands and it washes off fairly easily too which is good. I don't like any soap that gives an after effect of drying my hands out, but as this is 100% soap free and hand friendly (or so the packaging says) then it's fine on my hands. I can happily state that it doesn't affect my hands after using it, and it's almost like I haven't used soap when it comes to how my hands feel which for me is great as it means I don't have to follow it up with using hand cream to rid my skin of that nasty feeling I get when using soap.
I paid £1.00 for my 300ml bottle. This price seems fairly standard across all the supermarkets, so very good value considering the soap will last you at least three or four weeks with daily constant use.
Overall I am happy with the product as a whole, but will probably try a different fragrance next time to see if I can combat the slime thick look when dispensing the soap.
I live with three friends in a four bedroom house, there are constantly people visiting and we bought a bottle of this for one of the bathrooms so that guests could wash their hands when they visit the bathroom.
My housemate purchased this for £2 from the local supermarket, personally I thought that is quite steep for a hand wash and I would have been tempted to go with a supermarket branded product. However Imperial Leather is a brand I am familiar with and trust, so I was quite happy to give this product a go.
The plastic bottle sat nicely on the sink (in between the two taps) and the soap was easy to dispense by pressing the top of the bottle down.
I'd say that this hand wash smelt like flowers with a jasmine twist, there was also an underlining scent that I just can't put a name to. Overall I'd say that the smell was relatively pleasant.
This hand wash supposedly contains the following ingredients: green tea which is a powerful anti-oxidant, rice milk that is caring and gentle and jasmine that relaxing and soothing. However, personally I didn't think that any of these ingredients had the desired effect.
I was also a little disappointed that this hand wash didn't foam up. I always think that a hand wash that foams does a better job of cleaning your hands than a hand wash that doesn't.
After I used this hand wash my hands smelt of the product for a few hours, however they also felt rather dry.
I don't think this is worth £2 and I won't be buying it again. I can see that Imperial Leather have tried to create a luxury product, but this just doesn't cut it. Two out of five stars I'm afraid.
As a family of four, we end up washing our hands quite a bit between us. I have to admit I have been a bit of a fanatic aboout teaching my children proper hygiene, so in addition to the usual wash after using the toilet and before handling food routine, it means a handwash everytime you wipe your nose even once, before handing books or cds or dvds, and before I put on any make up or insert my contact lenses, etc. Now, when I was a child, washing one's hands involved using a bar of soap, and I admit for quite some time, this is what we used at home. This worked fine for us for quite a few years, as my children quickly mastered the technique of making sure the bar of soap was not covered in filth nor soggy before placing it back in the soap dish.
The trouble struck from down the street. While my two understood the proper way to use bar soap, their little friends who began to come and spend their afternoons and week ends over here obviously did not. Used to soap dispensers in public loos and fancy scented hand gels and all manner of frou frou delights they shared information on, I began to despair as I found soap that had been sogged up and placed in back in the soap dish to bond into one dirty hardened mess. It was obvious that a change was needed. Either I had to change the hand soap, or the neighbour children needed to be disposed of.
Pondering the reign of peace and quiet the last would create, I had to abandon that notion quickly as it involved activity that would likely result in me being arrested. The much easier, cheaper, socially acceptable, and above all, legal option it was then: I changed to liquid hand soap. Understanding that some children were going to swim in the stuff, and that frequent handwashing meant possibly dry skin, I looked about for a recognisable name I could trust, eyed up prices, and looked at moisture content. This popped up on my radar one fateful evening while browsing via My Supermarket, and at £1, I thought it would be well worth a try.
The family's first impressions were excellent. The children were for some reason pleased to have soap in a pump, and when they read it was Japanese Spa, they promptly announced it was the best in the world and whisked it away. All this before ever washing their hands with it. I was not so easily pleased. I wanted to actually use it before deciding it was fantastic, Japanese Spa or not. My first test was using it to wash my hands before putting the rest of the Tesco delivery away. After putting away all the packaged goods, it was back to the basin and a repeat handwash before dividing up packs of meat. A hand wash between each package of meat, and I had a pretty fair idea of how moisturising this this soap was, and truthfully, over the past 5 months it has not let us down.
The liquid soap itself is nice and thick, so a simple single push of the pump dispenses a viscous, creamy mixture that lathers up quite well without any runny waste or over foaming. It rinsed off cleanly, leaving a pleasant scent that indeed spoke of the green tea and jasmine contained within. The rice milk protein was also evident as my hands did not chap after so many repeat washings in a row, but neither were they greasy. As my family and I continued to use it, I was quite pleased, as in the past with moisturising hand soaps I often had to rinse my hands for several minutes or the lotion residue would depsoit onto my contact lenses, which not only stings, but makes the vision a bit blurry! Not to mention doing this is a huge waste of water resources!
I have skin that tends to be a bit on the drier end of normal. That is, not dry enough to need deep moisturising, but dry enough that not using any makes my skin rather thirsty and requiring lotions being applied. This particular hand soap has fit into my personal needs perfectly, so I now keep at least two bottles in the cupboard and one bottle at each sink. The children, including the invading hordes, have found it simple to use and due to its rich texture, have not wasted any by pumping vigourously to get out half the bottle in order to wash, nor have I had any messy soapy detritus about the sink. Even with all of our hand washing, a single botle in the bathroom lasts us just over amonth, and my children are home all day, every day.
While pleased with the over all results, I do have one further thing to mention. All too often one buys low cost products with plant and essences floating their names about on the label while the reality is that the product only contains chemical approximations of the scents associated with these. The label on this clearly states that that it is Japanese Spa, with rice milk, green tea, and jasmine. In this case, you are not being led down the proverbial garden path, as a look at the ingredients list shows all the usual stuff you find they use to make liquid soap, and... (surprise!) actual green tea, rice milk, and jasmine. It is nice to know that at least some of what we are using is indeed natural, and that we are reaping the benefits associated with these. Green tea is a natural antioxidant, so it helps nourish the skin and gently remove dead skin cells, rice milk is soothing and calming, and jasmine oil is renowned for relieving stress and aiding in dispelling depression. It might not seem a big deal to some folks that a budget brand has indeed used the real thing, but let's put this into perspective. Aside from the integrity points for having the real thing, there is the cost. Jasmine oil is extremely expensive! It takes roughly 1000 pounds in weight of jasmine blossoms to make 1 lb in weight of jasmine oil. Indeed, this means that while you can indeed buy some handwashes for about 50 p a bottle or less, the cost of this product includes the expense of obtaining the raw materials, and not merely to line Imperial Leather's pockets. In my mind, this is something worth paying for.
A beautiful smelling hand lotion.
I love liquid hand soaps and have recently tried the Japanese Spa range from Imperial Leather. The smell is absolutely gorgeous and this has fast turned into one of my favourite hand soaps. Imperial Leather is a brand of soaps, toiletries and healthcare products manufactured by PZ Cussons. It originates in Britain and dates back to 1768.
The Japanese Spa range is part of their Limited Editions range. Also in the range is a shower cream, bath cream and a foam burst shower gel.
Firstly the packaging of this soap is really pretty looking. It comes in a plastic bottle with a Japanese flower design and Japanese writing on the front to make it look authentic and pretty. The bottle is a cream colour and comes with a pump action top to enable you to get into the soap easily.
Imperial Leather describe using this product as such, "Transform daily hand cleansing into an exquisite ritual using Japanese Spa hand wash. Indulge yourself in a traditional Eastern blend of green tea, rice milk and jasmine to help cleanse your hands leaving them beautifully clean and soft."
The ingredients they have in this soap are lovely and luxurious in my opinion. I love the smell of green tea and they say it also works as a powerful anti oxident. The rice milk is caring and gentle as you would imagine it would be and the jasmine is there to relax and sooth your hands.
As well as the lovely smell I also like how this soap feels on my hands, keeping them clean and leaving them nice and smooth.
The bottle of soap is 300ml and costs £1.48 from Sainsburys.
My mother is a proper clean freak and is obsessed with hygiene; therefore hand wash is a must in our household as opposed to soap. We currently have this jasmine spa hand wash in our kitchen and so I decided to review it.
Firstly, it is an attractive looking bottle. I liked the way it was displayed. The bottle is see through plastic but shows the colour of the liquid soap inside which is a peachy colour as opposed to the usual white ones you can buy. On the front, it has the logo for imperial leather written across the middle of the bottle. It is then decorated with pictures of flowers and looks very presentable.
On the top of the bottle is the pump which is very easy to use, a simple push of the top and the soap dispenses in to your hands. I find that one pump is enough per wash as I lather it a lot in my hands first, but definitely no more than two pushes of the pump are needed.
Whilst using this product, the smell was very apparent and smelled lovely of something, but not so much flowers. I wouldn't say it smelt particularly Japanesey either, but then what does Japan smell like? Either way, it smelt nice so this didn't really bother me.
This hand wash is available in most supermarkets priced at roughly £2 though it is sometimes on offer also. It is also available in different scents.